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Research Chair in Carbohydrate Quality and Utilization - Saskatoon, SK


The Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences invites applications for a Research Chair in Carbohydrate Quality and Utilization (equivalent in rank to Assistant or Associate Professor). The Chair is one of three endowed Research Chairs funded by the

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada with the aim of enhancing research capacity in areas of strategic importance to the Province. The Chair in Carbohydrate

Quality and Utilization will complement existing positions in protein and lipid quality and utilization, as well as expertise in food science, microbiology, plant breeding and genomics in the department and college.


The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of and previous research experience in plant carbohydrates. Excellence will be demonstrated through recent peer reviewed publications and citations in top tier journals, the ability to secure competitive

research funding, and a proven track record of teaching and research supervision commensurate with years since PhD and rank at appointment. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communications skills and effective research, teaching, leadership and mentoring skills. There also should also be evidence of the ability to lead or participate in collaborative and cross-disciplinary research and demonstrated industry-research interactions.


The Chair will be expected to establish an independent and externally-funded world-class research program in carbohydrate science, with emphasis on purification, chemical and structural characterization, physicochemical properties, and fermentation and/or other

industrial fractionation and modification processes, with a view to the application of this knowledge to the greater utilization of starch, fibre and non-starch polysaccharides. The Chair will be expected to collaborate with other members of the Department of Food and

Bioproduct Sciences as well as researchers in the Department of Plant Sciences, the Crop Development Centre, and other relevant units on campus and in the Saskatoon science cluster. Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels will be required, however,

the great majority of time will be devoted to research and industry liaison.


The University of Saskatchewan is located on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The university is one of Canada's

leading research-intensive universities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to a student population of about 21,000. The College of Agriculture and Bioresources is an international leader in applied research and scholarship

with expertise in three primary, integrated scientific and social domains: food and bioproduct sciences; environment, ecology and community; and sustainable production systems. It has a century-long reputation for teaching, research and outreach.


The position is tenure track. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Saskatchewan is committed to employment equity. Members of designated groups (women, Aboriginal

people, people with disabilities and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications. Applications, including a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, concise research vision statement (one page) and teaching and graduate training philosophy (one page) and contact information for three referees, should be submitted electronically or by mail to Dr. Phyllis Shand, Head, Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A8. Tel: 306-966-8842. Email:


Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Current salary bands for this post are as follows: Assistant Professor, $89-106K, and Associate Professor, $107-125K. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program, and flexible health and wellness spending program.


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